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Published: 12 April 2012

528 Pages | 24 black and white illustrations, and a map


ISBN: 9780199697571

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London Labour and the London Poor

Henry Mayhew
Edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new selection from Henry Mayhew's pioneering work on the lives of the London poor in Victorian England, with original illustrations, illuminating introduction, and additional material.
  • Mayhew's interviews with street traders, entertainers and others are as vivid as fiction and eye-opening in their revelations about hardship and poverty.
  • The selection offers a cross-section from all four volumes of Mayhew's bulky original work, combining a full range of human interest stories and quirky statistical calculations which open a window on to the brilliantly obsessive nature of Mayhew himself, and the way the ordinary Victorians lived.
  • Fascinating introduction looks at Mayhew's life and career, the genesis and development of the book and its influence on contemporaries such as Dickens and Kingsley, its short-term impact and longer term significance, paying particulary attention to Mayhew's style.
  • Detailed explanatory notes add further historical detail.
  • Includes a period map of London and an appendix with the first of Mayhew's newspaper assignments from which the book grew.

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